Yeah it may not be the proper term because an emergency fund is meant to cover any major issues that may come in your life (car issues , job loss, etc). Although when I started actually calling it a Freedom fund (primarily Freedom not to be in debt if my car breaks down or Freedom if I loose my job to take a break and travel or look into exploring new career avenues) , I definitely felt more inclined to hold off on buying superfluous things and put money away.
I think the term “emergency” kinda scares people or makes people think “man emergencies won’t happen to me” or “ I don’t want to think about bad times”. Although I think when we put this into a positive tone or word , it really makes you feel like you are going towards something more important that superfluous things.
Edit: Wow, didn't realize this would receive so many replies. I just wanted to say I really appreciate the kind feedback and feel great if this motivated you to save more as well! Oh and also, yes I am 'merican.
Best of luck to everyone in their 2018 goals no matter what they may be!